Moissanite vs Diamond a Fair Comparision
The following article will give a topic by topic comparison of moissanite and diamonds. Both are made from naturally recurring minerals. The diamond is made from carbon and the moissanite is made from silicon carbide. Silicon carbide is an extremely natural recurring mineral where carbon is a little more common in nature. They are extremely different in their organic composition. Yet moissanite generally is cheaper in price than diamonds are. But don’t be fooled by this because a gemstone may be cheaper in price but this does not mean it has more or less value than a gemstone that may be double the price.
First, in the price comparison diamonds are priced on four characteristics cut which measures the brilliance and beauty of the diamond and it does not involve the shape of the diamond such as oval shape for example. It also involves the symmetry and the proportion of the diamond cut. It also affects the beauty and the brilliance of the diamond. A well cut diamond will reflect brilliant white light back to the human eye. A diamond that is poorly cut will reflect very little light and will be dull. Diamonds are priced on the quality of their cut. The cheaper the cut the lower the price of the diamond.
Clarity is another characteristic of how the diamond is priced. The clearer the intrinsic diamond is the more valuable it is and the higher price it will be. If it has a slight yellow color tint to it then it is a poorer quality diamond and will cost less. The central point of clarity is if there is an inclusion—is a natural birthmark in the diamond-- in the diamond or not. Where the inclusion is located will affect the clarity of the diamond. If the diamond has a blemish it is not considered an inclusion.
For example if the inclusion is in the center of the diamond then the diamond is undesirable and if the inclusion is off to the side then it may be able to be covered with the setting then the diamond will have a better clarity. There are other factors that define the clarity of the diamond.
Color is a big factor in the pricing of a diamond. If the diamond has a distinct color—pink, blue, or red then it is considered a prized diamond. These are diamonds especially colored to reflect a very valuable diamond. They will be very expensive but as was mentioned before if the diamond has a yellow tint in it this would be considered a poor quality diamond. Remember that a colorless diamond is considered the most valuable diamond in existence.
Carat-means— fruit of the carob tree—in ancient times the seeds of the carob were used as weights of measurements. The carat of the diamond is the weight and the heavier the diamond the more it will cost.
Moissanite is not priced like diamonds at all they are priced basically the same unless the stones are a different size or are made of enhanced or unenhanced materials. The enhanced will cost more than the unenhanced. But just because moissanite is generally priced lower than diamonds they are not any less valuable than diamonds are.
Diamonds are graded on a color scale—GIA Color Scale—but moissanite is not graded by color but they will reflect color nevertheless. They are not colorless and they do fall in the K scale of the GIA scale. This category says the stone will have a faint tint to it. So, moissanite will reflect a faint color tint. Historically, moissanite have been made artificially to be colorless this giving the impression they are highly valuable as a colorless diamond.
They were slightly more colorless but they were not completely void of color because of technological limitations of making moissanite.
Moissanite are graded on their blemishes or inclusions as diamonds are. Like diamonds moissanite will have imperfections in their structure that will be caught under magnification. Usually they will not be seen by the human eye. Their clarity will affect how much they cost. As diamonds will be priced on their grade of clarity. Both moissanite and diamonds will be priced on how clear they are. The fewer blemishes or inclusions either will have the higher priced they will be. If either has no defects or they can be hidden then the value of either will go up.
You need to know that unlike diamonds that are graded on clarity by the GIA moissanite is not graded by the GIA. They are individually graded by the manufacturer who made the moissanite. So, the clarity grading of moissanite will be more subjective than the clarity grading of moissanite. This could mean that moissanite may not be graded on a universal scale as diamonds are. The grading may not be as objective.
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Both moissanite and diamonds are made of several types of cuts such as oval, round, pear, princess, and radiant cut. Note that moissanite are cut in antique cuts that diamonds were cut in hundreds of years ago. Here the comparison is fairly equal because both moissanite and diamonds are cut into several styles making both very valuable. It depends on what type of cut the customer prefers.
Today a very popular cut for moissanite is known as the round brilliant cut. This cut is popular because it has such observable brilliance which will reflect the most color back to the human eye. The stone will sparkle if it is exposed to direct light. It also has brilliance and fire.
Another feature of the round brilliant cut is that it will hide color because the way it is cut. It will appear colorless and this really appeals to people these days. The cut is so versatile it will look good in rings and many other types of jewelry.
Conclusion: The article has covered a few key features of comparison between moissanite and diamonds. But keep in mind there are other factors to compare between the two when a person is considering purchasing moissanite or a diamond.